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ANC orders Zuma to step down as South African president

ANC orders Zuma to step down as South African presidentBy Alexander Winning and James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling party ordered Jacob Zuma on Tuesday to step down as head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid ‘Rainbow Nation’. Leading members of the African National Congress now want new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Zuma as president, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule told a news conference. There was no word from Zuma or his spokesman but Magashule said the president had promised to respond to the order by Wednesday.



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South Africa's Ruling Party Has Given President Jacob Zuma 48-Hours to Resign

South Africa's Ruling Party Has Given President Jacob Zuma 48-Hours to ResignZuma has refused repeated calls to relinquish the presidency amid mounting graft scandals



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South Africa's ANC gives Zuma 48 hours to quit, state broadcaster says

South Africa's ANC gives Zuma 48 hours to quit, state broadcaster saysBy Alexander Winning and James Macharia PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign as head of state on Monday after an eight-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership, the SABC state broadcaster said. Party leader Cyril Ramaphosa’s motorcade left a marathon ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at 10:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) for Zuma’s residence near the Union Buildings in Pretoria to deliver the message in person, the SABC said, citing sources.



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South Africa's ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state: source

South Africa's ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state: sourceBy Alexander Winning and James Macharia PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s African National Congress party executive committee has decided to “recall,” or remove, President Jacob Zuma as head of state, a senior ANC source told Reuters on Tuesday, after a 13-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership. Since Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected party leader in December, Zuma has faced mounting calls from his party to end his scandal-plagued second term scheduled to run out in mid-2019. The 75-year-old Zuma has been South Africa’s most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, overseeing a tumultuous nine years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption.



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South Africa's ANC official urges patience during Zuma exit talks

South Africa's ANC official urges patience during Zuma exit talksBy Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africans should be patient with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa as he holds talks with President Jacob Zuma for a transition of power, the party’s national chairperson said on Saturday. Ramaphosa has been lobbying for Zuma to resign and has said he hopes to conclude talks with him “in coming days … in the interests of the country.” Addressing an ANC rally in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, Gwede Mantashe said ANC officials should be fearless and must be able to make difficult decisions, but leaders had a duty to “analyse and mitigate risks”.



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SABC reporter says South Africa's Zuma agrees to go, spokesman denies

SABC reporter says South Africa's Zuma agrees to go, spokesman deniesBy James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A presidential correspondent of South Africa’s SABC state broadcaster reported on Monday that Jacob Zuma had agreed to resign as head of state citing sources, although the embattled leader’s spokesman quickly dismissed it as “fake news”. The rand , which had gained as much as 1 percent on expectations Zuma was on his way out, surrendered some of its gains after the rebuttal from Bongani Ngqulunga, but remained 0.4 percent stronger on the day at 11.95 to the dollar. Standing outside a meeting of the top leadership of the ruling ANC, SABC correspondent Tshepo Ikaneng cited sources inside the Presidency as saying 75-year-old Zuma had agreed to stand aside after weeks of mounting pressure for him to quit.



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South Africa holds its breath as Jacob Zuma in talks to resign

South Africa holds its breath as Jacob Zuma in talks to resignThe African National Congress left nearly 57 million South Africans in limbo on Saturday as its leaders hashed out a plan for embattled President Jacob Zuma to hand in his resignation.   South Africa’s ruling party appealed to the nation to “be patient” as Mr Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president, who is expected to take over, remained locked in negotiations over the terms of the president’s exit.   “Let’s be very patient,” Edna Molewa, a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee told local media. “We are confident when they finish there they’ll give South Africa a positive way forward.”   On Saturday the party's top leadership met without Mr Zuma, ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe reportedly told public broadcaster SABC. “There is agreement on the end game, what is being discussed is the timing and the process that should be followed," he said.  Jacob Zuma could face prolonged court battles related to multiple criminal cases Mr Zuma’s term as head of state is not up until next year, but pressure from inside and outside the ANC has been building for him to step down since Mr Ramaphosa replaced him as head of the ANC in December.   Mr Zuma, an anti-apartheid struggle veteran whose nine years in office have been marked by multiple high-profile scandals, has been in closed-door talks with Mr Ramaphosa since Tuesday as a week of political chaos has engulfed the country.   The much-anticipated State of the Nation address that Mr Zuma was due to deliver on Thursday was cancelled. On Friday, several of the party’s top leaders pulled out of public appearances in Cape Town, and an awards ceremony at which Mr Zuma was expected to appear on Saturday was also called off.   ANC officials have been tight-lipped about the sticking points of the conversations.   Adding to the confusion, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, one of Mr Zuma’s wives, posted a picture of herself and the president on Instagram, warning in the post that “things are about to get ugly” and that her husband “will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean.”   Mr Zuma’s son Edward quickly issued a statement attempting to distance the family from her comments, but the speed with which the post spread spoke to South Africans’ desperation for some hint of who would be leading their country in a week’s time. Meanwhile, Capetonians bracing themselves for “Day Zero”, the day the city plans to turn off most of the city’s water taps on May 11, got some reprieve as 8mm of rain fell on Friday night.   As the city’s dam levels have fallen to just above 25 per cent, the city has been scrambling to bring new water sources online, including desalination plants and groundwater boreholes, to avoid having to turn off the water in people’s homes and businesses.   It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Friday night rainfall would have any impact, but residents of the parched city celebrated on social media.



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South Africa’s Zuma May Have Finally Met The Scandal That Brings Him Down

South Africa’s Zuma May Have Finally Met The Scandal That Brings Him DownFor South Africa’s polygamist, scandal-plagued president, charisma isn’t enough anymore.



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South Africa's Zuma condemns violence against foreigners

South Africa's Zuma condemns violence against foreignersSouth Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence between citizens and non-nationals, his office said on Friday. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime. Citizens in Pretoria are set to march against foreigners on Friday and domestic media are reporting vandalism and acts of violence in the Atteridgeville area west of the capital.



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South Africa's Zuma condemns violence against foreigners

South Africa's Zuma condemns violence against foreignersSouth Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has condemned acts of violence between citizens and non-nationals, his office said on Friday. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from citizens and getting involved in crime. Citizens in Pretoria are set to march against foreigners on Friday and domestic media are reporting vandalism and acts of violence in the Atteridgeville area west of the capital.



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